Andrew Stetka: Orioles hit reset button on bullpen

Andrew Stetka: Orioles hit reset button on bullpen
The Orioles have gutted their bullpen over the past few weeks with trades of three prominent relievers. Closer Zach Britton went to the New York Yankees while setup men Darren O'Day and Brad Brach were traded to the Atlanta Braves in separate deals. Those three players led the Orioles in appearances in 2015, and were an integral part of the relief staff during this most recent stretch of positive baseball from the club. It's a bullpen that was able to withstand the departures of players...
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Opposite dugout: For openers, Rays' pitching a patchwork affair

Opposite dugout: For openers, Rays' pitching a patchwork affair
Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 56-56 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH C.J. Cron (22 HR), 2B Joey Wendle (.292/.345/.416), 3B Matt Duffy (.301/.353/.383), RF Mallex Smith (23 SB, eight 3B), RHP Tyler Glasnow (4.27 ERA), RHP Sergio Romo (13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 6-7 Pitching probables: Aug. 7: RHP Alex Cobb (3-14) vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-2), 7:10 p.m., MASN2Aug. 8: RHP Andrew Cashner (3-10) vs. TBA, 7:10 p.m., MASN2Aug. 9: RHP David Hess (2-6) vs. TBA, 7:10 p.m.,...
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Zach Wilt: Appreciating every moment with Adam Jones

Zach Wilt: Appreciating every moment with Adam Jones
The next era of Orioles baseball has officially begun. In the last couple of weeks, the front office has indicated that a full rebuild is officially underway. Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O'Day, Brad Brach and Jonathan Schoop were all dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. It was one of the craziest days I can remember in Orioles history. In return, the Birds have stockpiled minor league prospects and international signing bonus slot money to build up the...
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Opposite dugout: Rebuilding Rangers host O's as trade deadline has passed

Opposite dugout: Rebuilding Rangers host O's as trade deadline has passed
Manager: Jeff Banister (4th season) Record: 46-63 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Joey Gallo (26 HR, 59 RBI), DH Shin-soo Choo (20 HR, 51 RBI), CF Delino DeShields (18 SB), C Robinson Chirinos (14 HR, 45 RBI), 3B Adrián Beltré (.287), LHP Mike Minor (7-6, 4.73 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: August 2: RHP Andrew Cashner (3-9) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-1); 8:05 p.m., MASN2August 3: RHP David Hess (2-5) vs. RHP Ariel Jurado (1-1); 8:05 p.m., MASN2August 4: RHP...
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Josh Michael: Three top 10 2018 draft picks are pitching well

Josh Michael: Three top 10 2018 draft picks are pitching well
The Orioles are in the midst of a rebuild, and have done a pretty good job restocking their farm system already, but their work is far from done. This year's draft was also a great step forward, and today I am going to highlight three top 10 arms that are performing well since being selected. Before I highlight those three, it needs to be mentioned that first-round pick Grayson Rodriguez is not in this piece only because I wrote about him last week here on MASNsports.com. To update you, he has...
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CareFirst Fan Challenge featuring Adam Jones returns to Birdland

CareFirst Fan Challenge featuring Adam Jones returns to Birdland
Calling all Orioles fans: The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Fan Challenge is back! Do you want to battle Adam Jones in a cook-off? Do you think you have what it takes to take down the undefeated champ? Tweet a picture of your signature dish @masnOrioles with #IChallengeAJ, and you could face Jones in a cooking battle! So scour through your cookbooks, choose your best recipe wisely and let your inner foodie come out for your shot at the Fan Challenge! Find more details on our Twitter. Live...
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Andrew Stetka: First steps show O's are committed to rebuilding

Andrew Stetka: First steps show O's are committed to rebuilding
As the final hours tick down toward the non-waiver trade deadline, the Orioles are in a position they've been unfamiliar with in recent years. It's a full rebuild in Baltimore. From the top on down, the "r-word" has been thrown out frequently in recent weeks. It started with the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. It continued when Zach Britton was dealt to the Yankees. It's been kept afloat as recently as yesterday when Brad Brach was sent to the Braves. The "r-word" these days...
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Opposite dugout: Powerful Yankees have struggled against Orioles

Opposite dugout: Powerful Yankees have struggled against Orioles
Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season) Record: 67-37 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 3B Miguel Andújar (.293 with 12 HR, 43 RBIs), SS Gleyber Torres (.286/.335/.534 with 26 HR, 61 RBIs), DH Giancarlo Stanton (242 HR, 64 RBIs), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-2, 4.09 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (1.93 ERA, 28 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-5 Pitching probables: July 31: RHP Yefry Ramírez (1-3) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-2), 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 1: RHP Alex Cobb (2-14) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (8-7), 1:05...
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Zach Wilt: Next O's playoff team will look markedly different from the last

Zach Wilt: Next O's playoff team will look markedly different from the last
Change is inevitable, but knowing that fact doesn't make dealing with change any easier. Over the last week, Orioles fans have witnessed two cornerstone players get moved to different contenders, while prospects come to Baltimore in hopes of building the franchise's next successful team. Manny Machado and Zach Britton contributed a lot to the success and turnaround of the club and played an integral part of the team's run to the postseason in three of five years from 2012 to 2016. On his way...
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Opposite Dugout: Rays dealing assets with the trade deadline nearing

Opposite Dugout: Rays dealing assets with the trade deadline nearing
Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 52-50 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B C.J. Cron (20 HR, 51 RBIs), 2B Daniel Robertson (9 HR, 31 RBIs), RF Carlos Gomez (8 HR, 23 RBsI), Mallex Smith (.284, 17 SB), Matt Duffy (.305), RHP Sergio Romo (12 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-4 Pitching probables: July 26: RHP Alex Cobb (2-13) vs. RHP Hunter Wood (0-0); 7:05 p.m., MASN2July 27: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-9) vs. RHP Chris Archer (3-4); 7:05 p.m., MASN2July 28: RHP Kevin Gausman (4-8)...
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Hunter Harvey teams with Best Buddies Maryland as celebrity ambassador

Hunter Harvey teams with Best Buddies Maryland as celebrity ambassador
Best Buddies Maryland has announced that it has named Hunter Harvey as a Maryland celebrity ambassador. Harvey was the first-round pick of the Orioles in the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Harvey is currently rehabbing from a shoulder injury and with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Harvey recently filmed a public service announcement with Best Buddies Maryland and plans are underway for more engagement. He is passionate about helping those with special needs because his older sister, Whitney,...
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Josh Michael: Early returns on Grayson Rodriguez have been favorable

Josh Michael: Early returns on Grayson Rodriguez have been favorable
I will be the first to admit, my time as an Orioles fan has made me pretty pessimistic when it comes to first-round picks being high school pitchers. Do not get me wrong, I like this year's first-round selection of right-hander Grayson Rodriguez, and thus far he has been incredibly impressive. Rodriguez, 18, was the O's first round-pick (11th overall) this year out of Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas. It came as a bit of a surprise on draft night, and not because Rodriguez...
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Slammin' into the second half of the season with Maryland Lottery's Home Run Riches Second-Chance Contest

Slammin' into the second half of the season with Maryland Lottery's Home Run Riches Second-Chance Contest
Baseball is back for the second half of the Orioles' 2018 season following the All-Star break and so is the opportunity for fans to become the next Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game! The Maryland Lottery awarded a total of $100,500 for the 111 home runs scored by the Orioles during the first half of the 2018 season. With one more drawing this season, there's still a chance for you to win! The Orioles kicked off this month by hitting four home runs in their game versus the Angels on July...
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Andrew Stetka: Where does Jonathan Schoop fit into O's rebuild?

Andrew Stetka: Where does Jonathan Schoop fit into O's rebuild?
With Manny Machado now off to Los Angeles, the Orioles are in an official rebuild. It's a word that's been touchy for some, but now it's being used by executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. Wheels are spinning and plans are being made, whether Duquette is around to see it through beyond this season or not. In a conference call following the Machado trade, Duquette laid out the blueprint for the Orioles to get back to competitiveness by increasing the use of analytics,...
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Opposite dugout: Red Sox rolling toward AL East crown

Opposite dugout: Red Sox rolling toward AL East crown
Manager: Alex Cora (1st season) Record: 70-31 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: DH J.D. Martinez (29 HR, 80 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (64 RBIs), LF Andrew Benintendi (.303, 59 RBIs), RF Mookie Betts (.352/.441/.670), LHP David Price (4.17 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (31 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 9-1 Pitching probables: July 23: RHP Rick Porcello (11-4) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (4-7), 7:05 p.m., MASNJuly 24: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-3) vs. RHP Yefry Ramírez (0-3), 7:05 p.m., MASNJuly 25: LHP...
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Orioles plan events to recognize July 26 anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act

Orioles plan events to recognize July 26 anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act
July 26 is the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Orioles will recognize ADA Day with a variety of events before and during their game against the Rays at Oriole Park. The ADA, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990, is a civil rights measure that protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in all areas of public life. The law's intent was to provide civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to the...
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Opposite dugout: Light-hitting Blue Jays now without their center fielder

Opposite dugout: Light-hitting Blue Jays now without their center fielder
Manager: John Gibbons (11th season) Record: 43-52 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Justin Smoak (16 HR, 52 RBIs), 3B Yangervis Solarte (16 HR, 48 RBIs), LF Teoscar Hernández (15 HR), LHP J.A. Happ (4.29 ERA, 121 Ks), RHP Ryan Tepera (6 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 6-1 Pitching probables: July 20: RHP Dylan Bundy (6-9) vs. RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-3), 7:07 p.m., MASNJuly 21: TBA vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (2-7), 1:07 p.m., MASNJuly 22: TBA vs. LHP J.A. Happ (10-6), 1:07 p.m., MASN Inside the...
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Zach Wilt: It's time for All-Star Game to return to Camden Yards

Zach Wilt: It's time for All-Star Game to return to Camden Yards
Yesterday on Twitter, the Orioles shared one of my favorite moments from Camden Yards history. It's hard to believe, but 25 years ago Ken Griffey Jr. hit the Warehouse during the Home Run Derby in Baltimore. It's one of my favorite moments in the ballpark's history and one that hasn't been duplicated all these years later. Griffey's shot traveled 465 feet into right field perfectly smacking the bottom of the Warehouse on the fly. "Wind blown," the young Griffey laughed when talking about...
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Opposite dugout: Rangers out of contention, pondering a selloff

Opposite dugout: Rangers out of contention, pondering a selloff
Manager: Jeff Banister (4th season) Record: 40-54 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: DH Shin-soo Choo (.290 with 17 HR, 42 RBIs), RF Nomar Mazara (15 HR, 57 RBIs), 3B Adrían Beltré (.270), 1B Joey Gallo (21 HR, 50 RBIs), LHP Cole Hamels (4-8, 4.28 ERA), RHP Keone Kela (3.38 ERA, 22 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-6 in 2017) Pitching probables: July 13: LHP Cole Hamels (4-8) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (2-11), 7:05 p.m., MASN2 July 14: LHP Martín Perez (2-3) vs. RHP Yefry...
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Visit from men in blue brightens day for young Hopkins cancer patients

Visit from men in blue brightens day for young Hopkins cancer patients
Young cancer patients at Baltimore's John's Hopkins Childrens Center got some special visitors earlier this week when a quartet of major league umpires stopped by to brighten the kids' days. Umpires Jim Reynolds, Chris Guccione, John Tumpane and Shane Livensparger ditched their ball-and-strike counters and masks to spend time with the children as part of Umps Care Charities BLUE for Kids program. Umps Care Charities is the nonprofit founded by MLB Umpires to enrich the lives of at-risk youth...
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